Welcome to our new counselor, Brian Bolden
By Ainsley Chambers
Here at Williams Montessori, we have a new school counselor! His name is Mr. Brian, he is from Fluvanna, Virginia and in his free time he mostly listens to music, reads books, and he likes to go running! Mr. Brian went to Norfolk State University for his undergraduate and UNC Charlotte for his graduate degree. Mr. Brian came here because he and Ms. Bethani attended Graduate School together and she felt that he would be a great match for this school. He is brand new to the Montessori experience, but is really excited to see how it works and meet all of us! He has been a counselor for 3 years and likes it because he enjoys helping people and counseling comes most naturally to him. His message to all of us in order to be successful, is take advantage of all of your resources and flip your disadvantages to work in your favor. Currently, Mr. Brian has all students with the last names L-Z, but you are welcome to go to whoever you want, or feel more comfortable with! He is really excited to meet us so if you see him in the hallway make sure to say hi!
(Side note: Because there are two Mr. Brians, Ms. Jillian knighted me so now I am called “Sir Brian” Thank you.)
A question for our trailblazers,
What does it take to become a trailblazer?
Each and every one of us has the power to forge our own destiny. To dig deep, take hold of our inner fire, and courageously set out on a path never before travelled. How will you take up the torch of this great call? What is your vision as a trailblazer, as a pioneer, as a student, as a teacher, as a parent, as a leader and as a citizen? This story is yet to unfold. How will you participate?
Ehren Cruz, LEAF Performing Arts Director
One Question Survey
New survey this week. This one is about SPORTS! https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/F8TFHXD
End of Year Testing
We are counting down to the end of another great school year! Below is our testing scheduling for the end of the year.
May 25th- EOG Reading (MS)
May 29th- EOG Math (MS)
EOC Math 1 and NCFE Math 2, Math 3 (HS)
May 30th- EOG Science (MS)
EOC Biology (HS)
May 31st- EOC English II (HS)
NCFE English I, English III (HS)
June 1st- NCFE American History (HS)
If you haven’t volunteered for EOG proctoring, now is your chance 😀. We need 6 proctors for each day of testing. Testing will begin on May 25th.
If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Rashawn.
Help Wanted: Seeking 2018-19 PTSO Leaders
Available PTSO leadership positions for the 2018/2019 School Year:
President Elect – Serve on the PTSO Executive Board in 2018-19 as support/ back-up to the President; serve as PTSO President in 2019-20
*CRITICAL NEED* Treasurer Elect – Serve on the PTSO Executive board in 2018-19 as Assistant Treasurer, helping the Treasurer collect and disburse money, run reports, etc.; serve as PTSO Treasurer in 2019-20
*CRITICAL NEED* Communications Lead – Coordinate weekly newsletter and website updates
Service Opportunity Coordinator – Identify/collect and share service opportunities that Williams students can participate in
Fundraising Coordinator – Investigates opportunities for and coordinates PTSO fundraisers outside of Invest in Secondary and Retail Loyalty programs
We always need additional help for all our teams – let us know if you are interested in helping with Campus Beautification, Staff Appreciation, Parent Ambassadors (that’s Open House/ Wednesday Walk-throughs, etc.), Social Events, Community Parents, Sports, or anything else you want to help with!
2018-19 School Contact Info
Please take a moment to fill out contact information for next school year here:
Last Call for Yearbook orders
The only way to guarantee that your child receives a yearbook is to pre-order one, order yours today. Yearbooks cost $35.00.
Spring Dance – Friday
Williams Montessori’s Spring Dance will be held Friday, May 18 from 7:00-9:00 pm.
Tickets are $5.00 and can be purchased during lunch periods.
Parents may sign up to help with this event on our sign up genius. We need 2 parents to help set up and 2 parents to help clean up. Help out by signing up! Thanks so much to those that have already volunteered.
CMS is hiring Substitute Teachers
If you are interested in supporting the school as a Substitute Teacher, apply here. CMS accepts applications every other month, and will once again take applications in May.
Robotics and Technology Club
Robotics and Technology students are approaching their final meeting and we are excited for them to anticipate guests on May 21st from 4:30-5:00. We’ve spent this year cultivating interest and creating a space for student collaboration and small group, hands-on exploration. May 7th, students will discuss potential showcase options for parent visitors who might like to attend May 21st. This showcase will not take much time, so please feel free to stop in and see what Robotics and Technology Club has been up to this year!
May 21st: 8th Meeting (Parents are invited to view the students work)
The Book Club has officially finished A Wrinkle In Time! We read the book and just before Spring Break, were able to squeeze in a viewing of the movie…so interesting!! We enjoyed a sharing our thoughts about the differences (and similarities!), likes and dislikes about both!
The club voted and Ready Player One won out for the next selection. We’re looking forward to more lively discussions!
Interested in joining this club? Contact Cyndi Klein for details.
Middle School News
Mello, the guinea pig needs a place to stay over summer vacation. Families are welcome to tag team housing Mello by taking him for a week or two and passing him along to the next family. Contact Ms Patti if you are willing to take a week.
7th Grade Leadership Day
The 7th Graders had a great time stretching themselves (literally and figuratively) on Leadership Days. On and off campus activities over 3 days made this event one to remember.
May Lunch & Learns:
On Thursday, May 24th, we will have our final career Lunch & Learn for the year! Our guest is a lawyer who has worked in many capacities within the field of law and is excited to share that with you! Students should see Ms. Bethani to sign up.
On Wednesday, May 30th, an admissions counselor from Davidson College will be joining us during lunches. Davidson College is a small, local college that is ranked among the top 30 colleges in our country. They will be hosting a small group discussion for interested students. Students should see Ms. Bethani to sign up.
**If you submitted interest to be a featured professional for Lunch & Learns this year, know that Ms. Bethani will be using that same list to coordinate our Lunch & Learns next year (which will run on a two year rotation to cover each of the 16 different career pathways). If you did not submit your name and information, but would like to speak about your career, please use this link to do so.
Theater Department News
Ms Myneesha and Ms Monica are having the theater students complete a Green Screen project and are in need of a few donations to complete the project.
Please send in the following items to Ms Myneesha:
10 sets of green gloves
Velcro Brand – Sticky Back Hook & Loop Fasteners
3/4 Coins, 200 Sets, White/Black
6 Extra Large Pizza Boxes
We are in the middle of end of season tournament play. We played a tough team on Sunday and unfortunately lost 2-0. We are due to play our final match this coming Saturday at 8:20 am on Mason Wallace soccer field. Come cheer us on if you can drag yourself out of bed that early.
Ultimate Frisbee Team
We are still looking for players and can work together on carpooling if that is an issue. Young women, young men, middle and high school are all welcome to join! Practices are Tuesdays and Wednesdays—if you can’t make it to both, you can come to just one; games are on Thursdays.
Field Hockey is coming to JT Williams!
Hannah Campos and Archer Herndon are starting a field hockey team at Williams and we want you to play! Field hockey is a super fun sport where you use a wood stick (smaller face than ice hockey) and hit the ball around the field and into the goal to score. The principles of the game are similar to soccer–lots of dribbling, passing, shooting, and ball tricks. We will start practicing 2-3 times each week in August and have about 8 games with area middle schools. The cost per player is $365. It’s okay if you don’t have experience–we will teach you or you can attend a clinic this summer. In order to get this team started, we need to know your interest! Please email us at Hannah Campos’s mom BY MAY 25th to let us know that you want to play. We will play with the Charlotte Ambush league: GENERAL INFORMATION Once we hear back from you, we can get our school on the list.
Sports Planning for 2018-2019 school year
We are beginning to plan some opportunities for sports at our school next year. No, we are not getting CMS organized sports, but we are putting together a variety of sports that can be played on campus, after school, and will include opportunities for all students. Dara Whittle, PTSO Sports Coordinator, along with Coach Franz, our Williams Physical Education and Health teacher, will be working with students and families to organize club sports for our Williams students. So far we are planning for Middle School girls and boys soccer , Middle School girls field hockey, MS/HS co-ed golf, MS/HS co-ed volleyball, MS/HS Co-ed Ultimate Frisbee, MS/HS Co-ed Mountain Biking. There will be a combination of teams organized through local leagues and sports “clinics” set up on campus throughout the year. If you have a student that is interested in starting a new sport, they should communicate to Coach Franz, who will help them seek out other students interested in playing that sport. If you are a parent who is interested in coaching or have a connection to someone interested in coaching, or would like to lead a sport planned for next year, or would like to propose leading a different sport, please contact Dara Whittle at or call/text me at 704-930-8107. It will take dedicated parents willing to help drive an alternative sports program at our school to make sports at Williams a success. I strongly encourage parents who have kids who are passionate about a sport or parents who are well connected in the Charlotte sports scene to step up and help us get this program going at Williams. We have an amazing campus so let’s use it to help keep our kids physically fit and help build community through playing sports together.
Peer Leaders Club
Peer Leaders is a club that is designed to enliven the spirit of our school. This group will plan events such as spirit week, mix-it-up lunches, random acts of kindness, school dances, and more!
Peer Leaders generally meet every other Friday at 8am, but have also been participating in working lunches. Please see below for the remaining meeting date for this school year:
Yoga Club is designed to support students with individual growth and empowerment through the practice of yoga. Students will learn how to apply principles learned on the mat in their daily lives!
Yoga Club has been lucky enough to get a HUGE discount at Yoga One ($5/class!). We have been enjoying Power Flow as well as Power Beats classes (music)! Please see below for meeting dates for the remainder of the year:
- Monday, May 21st from 5:30-6:30 (I can drive up to 6 students from Williams to Yoga One Central)
Wednesday, June 6th from 5:30-6:30 (I can drive up to 6 students from Williams to Yoga One Central)
Please contact Ms. Mindy if you have any questions!
Mountain Bike Club
Lorcan, Colsen, Solomon and Coach Mark
Congratulations to the Williams Montessori Trailblazing Vipers on a fantastic season!
NICA canceled the last race of the season which was scheduled for this Sunday, May 20th in Mayden NC at Farris Memorial Park. The race was canceled due to the rain already this week and the rain forecasted for the weekend. The Vipers are represented by 7th graders, Colson Hofert, Lorcan Welton, Solomon Davis-East, Luke Miller & Mey Abulhassan along with 8th grader Heidi Ruckterstuhl.
Check out the NICA website for more information about Mountain Bike Racing.
Bike Commute – Two Wheel Tuesday
Next commute, Tuesday May 22 – bring a little money for a frosty/french fry stop on the way back to Freedom Park on the afternoon leg.
Bring – bike – helmet – water – bike lock – backpack/pannier
Meet in Freedom Park by the train playground for a 7:30 am departure.
1st stop – Elizabeth Ave. and the greenway (CPCC) – arrive 7:45 – Parking is available.
2nd stop – 9th and the Rail Trail (The Charlotte Lab School) – arrive 8:00 – Parking is available.
3rd stop – VBGB’s – 8:20 – parking available.
Return in the afternoon, aiming to leave WM by 4:20 and back to Freedom Park by 5:15.
This 7 mile route takes us approximately 60 minutes to complete including stops.
Please contact Heather Ruckterstuhl with any questions and/or to let us know you’ll be joining us on the ride.
Contribute items & support our teachers:
Teachers do so much to support our school and our children. Please send one of the items listed below in with your child. Items may be dropped in the main office in the red plastic container labeled, ‘items for teachers’. This is a big and small way to support our school.
Colored card stock
It’s allergy season and students use tissues. Teachers still need basic supplies. Keep the contributions coming.
Calling all music students!
Opera Carolina Academy
July 30 – August 10
9:00am – 4:00pm
Northwest School of the Arts
We invite all rising 8th-12th grade singers and actors to join us for our two-week engagement featuring tailored instruction for the aspiring singing actor and participation in operatic or musical theatre roles!
Interested? Email us to learn more at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.operacarolina.org.
Thank you Williams families for your generous support of the Invest in Secondary Montessori Annual Campaign.
We have raised a total of $7,509.86 though family and matching contributions.
With the donation from Chantilly Montessori we have raised $11,725.86 of our $14,000 Income Budget Goal.
IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO CONTRIBUTE – 2 weeks left!
The Cheddarup link will remain active until 5/31/18.
Continue to save your boxtops for our collection next year. This School year we have received $118.70 from Box Top Rewards. They add up fast. Tell your friends, family, coworkers and neighbors to save them for you.
Link your Harris Teeter VIC card (if you shop at Harris Teeter) to JT Williams Secondary Montessori. We are #1430. Up to 5 schools can be linked to your VIC card. Harris Teeter requires that you sign up each school year. If you haven’t signed up for the 2017/2018 school year, please sign up as soon as you can. Williams Montessori has received $136.00 in rewards from Harris Teeter but can’t receive this money until we reach $250! Help us reach $250, sign up today (you can sign up online!).
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Come cheer on the WM Trailblazers at these team events
5/18 – Spring Dance
5/19 – Soccer Playoff Game, Mason Wallace Park, Charlotte, NC
5/21 – Robotics and Technology Club Meeting (final) – 4:15 pm
5/22 – Two Wheel Tuesday Bike Commute
5/24 – Lunch and Learn
5/25 – Sign up for Field Hockey
5/25-6/1 – EOG, EOC and NCFE testing
5/28 – Memorial Day – no school
5/30 – Davidson College admissions counselor to visit
6/8 – Last Day of School